A big thanks to the Private Managed Forest Land Council (PFMLC) for an informative and enlightening forestry workshop, held September 17, 2011 in the Cowichan Valley.

The PFLA was grateful for the opportunity to connect with private managed forest owners from around southern Vancouver Island: Shawnigan Lake, Salt Spring Island, Thetis Island, Galiano Island, the Saanich Peninsula and beyond.

First stop: the North Cowichan Community Forest where Darrel Frank generously shared information, tips, best practices and overall forestry wisdom.

Darrell’s key message: Have a clear vision for what you want your forestland to look like and hire good, reliable people to do the work.

The mid-day tour of Maple Mountain proved an excellent opportunity for workshop participants to network, exchange ideas, ask thoughtful question, and engage in lively discussion on topics as wide-ranging as:

  • Long-term forest management planning
  • Advance timber marketing
  • Harvesting: falling and processing, log sorting and trucking
  • Road building (and unbuilding)
  • The art and science of culvert design and installation
  • Identifying and managing root rot
  • Planting, pruning, brushing, weeding
  • Fuel management and wildfire prevention
  • Managing minor crop species (e.g. White Pine)
  • Managing invasive species (Scotch broom)
  • And of course, the deer: What to do about the deer?

For a closer look, check out the video below.

Thanks to Stuart Macpherson and Phil Blanchard for organizing another successful PMFLC workshop, and thanks again to Darrel Frank for the informative tour.